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2 4 Information for all 4The DENR-XI through its Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) took advantage of the gathering of clients and stakeholders for 2-day conduct of DENR’s Multistakeholder Forum-Mindanao by disseminating information and distributing campaign materials. With pro-gender approach, the men and women of RSCIG catered to everyone equally, tirelessly attended to the inquiries of visitors, and dauntlessly explained the agency’s programs, projects and initiatives.

Most of the clients who went to visit the exhibit were women of different professions, some of which even chose to stay longer to get to know DENR-XI’s initiatives in terms of conserving and protecting its Protected Areas and biodiversity. Truly, women nowadays are getting more involved in safekeeping the environment and are empowered to fight against environmental degradation.

Being a National Government Agency, DENR continuously promote gender equality and women empowerment through mainstreaming Gender and Development in its Programs, Projects and activities. In DENR XI, Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan is the Chairperson of the Regional GAD focal point system.

2 2 DENR MENRE BARMM 1Aiming to promote and strengthen the Mindanao Climate Resilience Framework Plan for Mindanao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (ENRE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) sign a Memorandum of Understanding today in Cagayan de Oro City.

The MOU signing is one of the highlights of the 2-day Multi-Stakeholders Forum Mindanao held in Limketkai Luxe Hotel, CDO City.

2 2 DENR MENRE BARMM 3DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga together with MENRE Minister Akmad Brahim signed the MOU to foster the collaboration between their respective agencies in terms of achieving climate and disaster resilience and sustainable development in the Mindanao Region.

With their strengthened partnership, the two agencies agree to support and complement each other's programs and projects based on the goals and strategies identified in the Mindanao Climate Resilience Framework Plan and the output of the Multi-Stakeholders Forum Mindanao.

Also signing the MOU were the DENR Regional Executive Directors of the Mindanao Region namely Ronald D. Gadot of Region 9, Henry A. Adornado of Region 10, Bagani Fidel A. Evasco of Region 11, Atty. Felix S. Alicer of Region 12 and Nonito M. Tamayo of Region 13.

Witnessing the event were Undersecretary for Field Operations-Mindanao Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao Ruth M. Tawantawan , OIC, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Western Mindanao and Director for Forest Management Bureau in concurrent capacity Arleigh J. Adorable and MENRE-BARMM Bangsamoro Director General Atty. Badre E. Salendab.

2 2 A taste of DavaoDENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga together with Undersecretary for Field Operations-Mindanao Joselin Marcus E. Fragada and Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Western Mindanao and FMB Director Arleigh J. Adorable graced the ribbon cutting for the opening of the Multi-stakeholders Forum Mindanao Exhibit at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

The exhibit features the different programs, projects and activities of DENR Regional Offices across the country.

With the assistance of DENR XI RED Bagani Fidel Evasco, the officials took their time to grasp the environmental activities and the culture of Davao Region which showcases its rich biodiversity highlighting its eleven (11) Protected Areas.

With RED Evasco are DENR-XI's Assistant Regional Executive Directors Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan of the Management Services, Victor T. Billiones of the Technical Services and Maribel P. Alicer of the Special Concerns.

Among those are the Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) in Davao del Sur and the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) in Davao Oriental which has become two of the most famous icons of Davao.

DENR Davao also brought the abundant culture of the region through the display of ethnolinguistic tribes that dwells in it. The region is home to some eleven (11) tribes namely- Bagobo Klata, Ata, Obo Manuvu, Matigsalug, Bagobo-Tagabawa, Tausug, Sama, Marano, Maguindanaon, Iranun and Kagan. These ethnic groups forms part of the rich and colorful diversity of the region.

The exhibit subsumes under the conduct of the DENR's 2023 Multisectoral Stakeholder Forum- Mindanao that will run until the 3rd of February, 2023.

1 26 Chinese Crested It seems like the extremely rare Chinese Crested Tern (π‘‡β„Žπ‘Žπ‘™π‘Žπ‘ π‘ π‘’π‘’π‘  π‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘›π‘ π‘‘π‘’π‘–π‘›π‘–) will be Davao's regular avian visitor as it appeared in the wetlands of the region for over three years now.

It can be recalled that in 2021, the Chinese Crested Tern tagged as the "𝐁𝐒𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐟 π‹πžπ πžπ§π" surprised the conservationists with its presence during a bird counting in Davao del Norte. That, after its hiatus in the wild for several decades. In fact, some study say that it was last seen in around 1937 and had unconfirmed sighting years after.

As the DENR Davao regularly conducts the Annual Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) for migratory birds, through its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS), the team, yet again, caught sight of the CCTs in 2022 at Davao rivermouth which appears to be its first record for Davao City and Davao del Sur.

While in January of this year, we say hi to at least three (3) CCTs! These rare and critically endangered birds were spotted in Panabo City and Carmen in Davao del Norte and in Bucana, Davao City.

The global population of CCTs remain sparse with only more or less a hundred of them left. Thus, the close monitoring and extensive effort for its conservation through keeping an eye on its breeding colonies.

Migratory seabirds, including CCTs, are usually seen migrating to the coastal wetlands in the Philippines in the first quarter of the year, during which its originating countries are on winter season which results to food scarcity. Avians move to warmer regions in search for warmth and sustenance.

Apart from CCTs, other migratory birds such as Eurasian and Far Eastern Curlew were also recorded in the region.

As part of the East Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF), the Philippines actively participates in the annual Asian Waterbird Census which runs parallel to the other waterbird census in Africa, Europe, Central and West Asia, and the Latin America under the umbrella of the International Waterbird Census. Amid threat from climate change and environmental degradation, waterbirds serve as bio-indicator of ecosystem changes.

Let's continuously protect our avian visitors by keeping distance from them!

#ChineseCrestedTern #migratorybirds #AWC #TayoAngKalikasan

1 25 DENR Multistakeholder forumAs the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) further beefs up its public service, Secretary Antonia Loyzaga along with the Central and Regional Officials will conduct a roundtable discussion with the agency’s stakeholders.

Following its conduct in Luzon and Visayas, the multi-stakeholder forum for Mindanao will also be conducted come February 2 & 3, 2023 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Said noteworthy discussion shall serve as the foundation for science-based, data-driven, and socially, politically and culturally-sensitive environment and natural resource policies.

The academe, private and development sectors and non-government organizations are expected to come and be part of the said purposeful event.

#TayoAngKalikasan #Mindanao

𝐏𝐑𝐨𝐭𝐨 Β© 𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐑 π‚πŽ